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June 2016

Edition 136


Congratulations to the following Former Pupils who have reached milestone birthdays this month:-
75 John Adams;

70 Aidan Bremner;Robert Deihl; Ian Adam;

65 Gerard Tague; Peter DiRollo; David Ramsay; Michael Gilzean; Joseph O’Rourke; Ian Robertson; Charles Ross;

60  Stephen Toner; Hugh Walsh; Garry Morga;

50 John Stewart;

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We regret to announce the death of Sandy Perfect’s father. Condolences have been offered.

Andrew Borys is now living in Melbourne.

This is the latest epistle from Richard Demarco. Congratulations to him on receiving another honorary degree, this time from Leeds Beckett University.

Richard Demarco and the Demarco Archive featured at CONTEXTS, Sokołowsko's festival of ephemeral art.

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Conference: Richard Demarco Archive as Gesamtkunstwerk
30 June - Wrocław / 1 July - Sokołowsko
as part of: CONTEXTS: The 6th International Sokołowsko Festival of Ephemeral Art
produced by: IN SITU Contemporary Art Foundation and the Sokołowsko International Cultural Laboratory

Every year CONTEXTS pays tribute to an outstanding artist of unquestionable merit. In 2016, the festival honours Richard Demarco, the extraordinary artist and curator who played a major role in the visual arts and theatrical programmes at the Edinburgh Festival. He is the creator of an exceptional archive, a veritable Gesamtkunstwerk, consisting of unique documentation of international art since the 1960s.

Richard Demarco is a great ambassador for Polish art and culture. He has been coming to Poland since 1968 and brought about pioneering exhibitions of Polish contemporary art during the Cold War era. He introduced Tadeusz Kantor and Cricot 2 to an international audience and introduced Kantor to Joseph Beuys as part of his work to heal the wounds of war and unresolved conflict between Poland and Germany. Richard Demarco's contribution to opening Europe to Polish art cannot be overestimated.
In 2016 Wrocław is honoured with the title of European Capital of Culture. The opening day of the conference for CONTEXTS will take place in the recently renovated Barbara which also serves as the information centre for the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016.


Part I: 30 June 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Barbara, ul. Świdnicka 8c, 50-067 Wrocław, Poland

14:00 - 15:30
Marek Mutor - Opening Speech
Richard Demarco - Inauguration Lecture
Mischa Twitchin - "Between Documentation and Living Archive: What Becomes of the Avant-Garde?"

15:45 - 17:15
Nesta Jones - "The Live Archive: Demarco, Kantor and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance"
Alistair MacLennan and Richard Demarco - In Conversation
Sonia Rolak - "Richard Demarco, Forerunner of Contemporary Multi-tasking Artistic Skills"

17:30 - 19:00
Giles Sutherland - "Edinburgh Arts '72 -- Richard Demarco's First Experimental Summer School"
Faynia Williams and Richard Crane - "Rolling the Stone with Richard Demarco" including live readings


Festival CONTEXTS takes place in Sokołowsko, Lower Silesia from 1-5 July 2016. The aspect of forced emigration features significantly in this region which was part of Germany until 1945. After World War II, the original inhabitants were transferred to Germany. Poles from the Eastern territories, which had become part of the Soviet Union, were transferred into Lower Silesia.

In this context, as well as in the context of recent political developments involving immigration and cultural assimilation, the theme of the festival becomes even more significant.
Part II:1 July 2016, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Kinoteatr "Zdrowie", Główna 36, 58-351 Sokołowsko, Poland

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Richard Demarco - Opening Remarks
Klara Kemp-Welch - "The Demarco Tornado: Networking the Bloc"
Noel Witts - "Make the Demarco Archive Live"
Zbigniew Benedyktowicz - "Demarco in Konteksty Quarterly"

4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Atelier 72 Revisited
The second part of the Sokołowsko conference programme will focus on Atelier 72, the groundbreaking exhibition of Polish contemporary art which was curated by Richard Demarco at the 1972 Edinburgh International Festival. This panel discussion will feature Richard Demarco speaking about the origins of the idea, Atelier 72 artists discussing their Edinburgh experience and arts critics widening the discussion about the context of Polish and international art.

Moderator: Dorota Grubba

Wiesław Borowski
Wanda Czełkowska
Koji Kamoji
Natalia LL
Zbigniew Makarewicz
Józef Robakowski
Zbigniew Warpechowski







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Congratulations are offered to Tim Maguire, who has celebrated his 1000th wedding. Tim, who is a humanist minister, has been conducting weddings for the last 11 years. He also takes humanist funerals. He was the subject of a recent Evening News article. It can be read on the webpage.

We received a very nice e-mail from Michael James Balchun from Florida.

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